City Council Addresses Energy Conservation, EV Charging Network
By Stephen E. Lipken
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson opened the April 18th Regular Legislative Meeting, beginning with the Consent Agenda. Resolution 11, “Proposed Hudson Park License Agreement, Concession Services,” authorizes the City Manager to enter into a three-year license agreement with Beach Front BBQ relative to Hudson Park concession services. Bramson then introduced Parks and Recreation Commissioner Vincent Parise.
Parise explained that the proposed agreement will not result in additional costs to the City or produce any revenue for the City. All refreshments will be reasonably priced for daytime consumption; alcoholic beverages will not be served, and the plan will not cause disruption to the surrounding community.
With Consent Agenda, under the United States Department of Energy’s Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, the City is allocated $133,340 in formula funding, eligible for a variety of energy efficiency and conservation uses, including electric vehicle (EV) charging.
On January 23, 2023, to expand citywide EV/Plug-in Hybrid charging capabilities, the City issued Request for Proposal (RFP), seeking proposals from professional consultants to administer a three-part project with goal of developing a citywide EV charging network.
The selected consultant will be required to:
1. Develop a comprehensive analysis of current and projected EV use and charging demand;
2. Plan and develop EV Policy Action Agenda with a matrix of recommended actions to facilitate a citywide network of public and private EV charging stations on city-owned and private property.
3. Implement expedited city submissions to Consolidated Edison’s PowerReady Portal for a select number of sites identified by the City.
Based on the evaluation and recommendation of the Selection Committee, the Department of Development recommends that City Council adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Kimley Horn Engineering and Landscaping of NY.
In another ecological measure, Municipal Benchmarking is a policy requiring annual reporting of energy used in municipal buildings. To achieve NYSERDA’s Benchmarking for Municipal Buildings, the City is required to make energy use information available to the public for each municipal building owned by the City that is 1,000 square feet or larger.